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Doeum Sambath rises up to claim U14 title

Belying his slender frame, Doeum Sambath towered over the rest in the Junior U14 singles event of the 16th Tep Khunnah Memorial Cup tennis tournament, staying unbeaten to pick up the title at the expense of Cheng Rongreach.

In a somewhat one-sided final played on Sunday morning at the National Training Centre, Doeum Sambath bundled out Cheng Rongreach 6-2, 6-3, a surprise scoreline in comparison with their three-set battle during the group stage when Sambath had hit back from a set down to win 3-6, 7-6, 6-0.

In the semifinals, Doeum Sambath trounced Seoun Sothon 6-0, 6-0 and Cheng Rongreach downed Chheang Vannasak 6-4, 7-5.

As expected, left-handed Kim Dara claimed the Girls U12 singles event on Saturday, beating Sary Sodaney 5-3, 4-2.

The Boys U12 singles final played late on Saturday evening turned into a one-way street with Cheng Rongreach giving nothing away in a 4-0, 4-0 outcome against Leng Sambath. Earlier in the semifinals, Cheng Rongreach toyed with Soeun Sothol 4-0, 4-0 while Leng Sambath had to sweat it out against Chheang Vannasak, winning a three setter 2-4, 4-2, 4-2.

Veteran Frenchman Lionel Lajous may have found himself out of depth against Cambodia’s top notcher Bun Kenny in the Elite Men’s A singles final, but he was a different kettle of fish in the Men’s B singles final against Thun Thola. Using his vast experience to often wrong foot Thun Thola with some deft placements, Lajous won the final 6-4, 0-6, 6-1

The Men’s C singles event went to Thach Vibol, who fashioned a 6-3, 7-5 win over Bun Heang in the final.

The Men’s doubles event was taken by Bun Kenny and his partner Long Samneang, the pair eating up Orn Sambath and Thun Thola 7-6, 6-2 in the final.

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